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To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site

 

Free gallery backpacks

Weekends and every day during Camden school holidays*
10.30–15.00
Free, a deposit of £10 is required

Available from the Families desk in the Great Court

* Please note that school holidays refer to those in the London Borough of Camden

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Each activity backpack can take up to 90 minutes to complete, and there is limited availability.

Little feet: Alfred the explorer

A backpack for under 5s and their families for use in any area of the Museum.
Suitable for under 5s

African adventure

Spot and match the animals, make an animal mask, and identify pot designs while blindfolded.
Suitable for ages 5–9

Life in ancient Greece

Dress up as an ancient Greek, try out children’s games, and sniff the bottles and guess the smell!
Suitable for ages 5–9

Egyptian Mummy

Identify amulets blindfolded, write your name in hieroglyphs, and examine mummification materials.
Suitable for ages 7–11

Jobs in Roman Britain

Match modern objects with ancient objects, write on a wax tablet, and make a mosaic.
Suitable for ages 7–11

Religions across Asia

Meet the elephant headed god, build a temple, and listen to Tibetan instruments.
Suitable for ages 8–12

Become an archaeologist

Record a skeleton, see cylinder seals, arrange ancient friezes, and build a winged-lion.
Suitable for ages 8–12

Marvellous Mexico

Learn about Aztec gods, spin the Aztec calendar, and make a turquoise mosaic. 
Suitable for ages 8–12

egyptian mummy

Egyptian mummy